The new Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act - 01 Nov 2017
In November 2016 new laws were passed in South Australia to strengthen background checks for people wanting to work or volunteer with children and young people.
The Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 will ensure that a person who is assessed as being of high risk to the safety of children will be prohibited from working or volunteering with them. It will be an offence for an organisation to engage a person in a work or volunteer role where this is the case.
While the Act has been passed, or ‘assented’, by Parliament, it has not yet commenced (i.e. the Act has not yet been implemented and the new system of working with children checks has not yet started).
Organisations can continue with their normal staff or volunteering screening practices until the Act commences.
The Act lays the groundwork for change, but most of the finer detail will be contained in regulations, rather than in the Act itself. These regulations are being drafted at the moment, and community input will be sought on some elements.
For more information, please refer to the SA Attorney General's Department website.
Screening checks are now monitored
12 Sep 2017
The DCSI Screening Unit now monitors new information that may change the clearance status of individuals.
Why the change?
The new screening system, which was introduced from 1 July 2017, will help to reduce the risk of harm to children and vulnerable people.
Previously, screening reviewed and assessed an individual’s relevant history only once every three years. The new system will monitor relevant information from a variety of sources to help better protect children and vulnerable people.
This new information will be used by the DCSI Screening Unit to reassess screening clearances and ensure they are current.
Internet Browser Compatibility - 23 Jun 2017
Ensure your Internet Browser is compatible by 22 July 2017
Important information: As of 22 July 2017, all applicants needing to complete a screening application online will need to ensure that their internet browsers are compatible with TLS 1.1 (encryption protocol) or above.
What is TLS?
Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a protocol that provides communications security over a computer network, i.e. it provides privacy and data integrity between two communicating applications.
Working with Children checks
24 Aug 2016
News Release: Tuesday 23 August 2016
23 Aug 2016
The DCSI Screening Unit will be moving to a continuous monitoring system in mid 2017.
The new system will enable ongoing monitoring of an applicant's relevant history information. By linking the DCSI Screening Unit with the South Australian Police and other databases, this streamlined system will enable automatic searches for information about any offences that are relevant to an applicant's clearance status.
This will help to identify people who have received a screening clearance to work with children and/or other vulnerable people, but who later commit an offence or offences.
Currently, screening clearances are updated every three years, and only provide a snapshot of a person's record at the time of screening at a 'point in time'. With the new system, an individual's clearance will be able to be withdrawn if appropriate.